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A conservative Supreme Court swerves to avoid easy definition (Quotes: Richard Garnett) Washington Post, June 27, 2013

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News Article

Publication Date

6-27-2013

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A conservative Supreme Court swerves to avoid easy definition (Quotes: Richard Garnett) Washington Post article by Robert Barnes, June 27, 2013

This year was Kennedy’s term, partly because he is more moderate than his colleagues on both the left and the right, but also because he holds “a combination of views that are idiosyncratic,” said Richard Garnett, a Notre Dame law professor.

They include a strong belief in state’s rights, an aversion to racial classifications and a somewhat libertarian view on issues of privacy, Garnett said. Kennedy has written the court’s most important gay rights decisions. That jurisprudence fit perfectly with the civil rights cases that ended up this year on the court’s docket.